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Britney Spears

She Has 'X Factor'

Over a Barrel

5/25/2012 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The honchos at "X Factor" wanted Britney Spears so badly, they literally gave away the candy store by giving her the right to do things during production that are not "normal" ... and that includes taking breaks whenever her little heart desires.

As TMZ reported, Britney walked off the set yesterday during the first taping, leaving behind an empty judge's chair while 4 contestants did their thing.

Sources connected with the production tell us Britney was "overwhelmed" and needed to leave. People who were at the taping tell us she was upset by the audience reacting negatively to some of her comments.

Fact is ... "X Factor" wanted Britney so desperately, she was able to negotiate terms that are "unheard of" -- so say people with direct knowledge of her deal. As one source put it, "Simon is a smart and shrewd businessman who knew Britney could make his show and he was willing to give her just about anything to come on board -- and he did."

So Britney is allowed to walk off any time she wants. And that's just the beginning. Britney can do just about anything she wants ... and get $15 million in the process.

Nice work if you can get it.

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61.

bluzzone    

This show will be a big stress test for her.If she can get through that ,she can get through anything.

791 days ago
62.

Sasha    

Shouldn't they get people who can actually sing... Glad she made millions off of lip syncing. SMH

791 days ago
63.

elle    

that pisses me off so much that I'm not even going to watch the show because of the spoiled brat!

791 days ago
64.

taz    

I wish she were capable of sitting down for an interview to explain what exactly she is dealing with. It would humanize her and take away the stigma of mental illness for a lot of people.

791 days ago
65.

w153r    

i know a fake smile when i see one

791 days ago
66.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Ah. Dumb. If she can't handle stress, she can't do the job.

791 days ago
67.

Carl    

The producers deserve whatever they get out of her. They know she is even more unstable than Paula Abdul. My biggest worry is that this could derail Britney's recovery and we'll get head-shaving Britney again. Entertaining but sad.

Also, I'm certain the producers are absolutely loving the publicity this is getting.

791 days ago
68.

Chase    

You know what, for 15 MILLION BUCKS you can sit your F***ING A** down and be respectful of people that are going for a dream. Tell producers you want a cigarette or bubble gum or Xanax break or WHATEVER the he** it was she walked off for. Rude trailer park skank. She looks totally BUSTED, btw. J Lo has 10+ years on her and looks and dances waaaayyyy better.

791 days ago
69.

Vagitarian    

Anyone ever stop to think why would Cowell throw so much money at a big name like Britney, but who's stability is still questionable? Maybe because the show is LAME and some interesting drama with Britney as part of it is a last-ditched effort that might just keep the ratings up? Simon's plan is working perfectly... the more Brit messes up, the more mileage the show's getting out of the $15M investment!

791 days ago
70.

deanne    

Britney needs to put on her "big girl" panties and stop the Diva stuff! You don't walk out and take a break whenever you want--Britney or not!!

791 days ago
71.

Jdawg    

I don't know who picks what her and Jlo wear but it makes them look fatter. I realize Jlo's Butt is a disaster to any clothing designer but somebody please do something right.

791 days ago
72.

Kristen    

I hope she does succeed ,she had a complete menal break down that takes a lot to come back from. She seems to be in a better place.

791 days ago
73.

nikynewark    

Is it just me or she's looking chubbyy and matronly? Must be on the Kfed diet.

791 days ago
74.

Sharon    

Nothing can save "The X Factor". The show is trite, contrived, and nothing special whatsoever that hasn't already been seen a zillion times. Even having as big of a pop star as Britney Spears will save this train wreck. If anything it will just derail it even faster.

791 days ago
75.

Don't feed the Trolls    

she's still hot despite her crazy a$$.

791 days ago
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